By: Susan Holcombe
Here is what happens….Rion walks up with his lumbering, awkward gait. The teens look at one another and then, as an act of kindness, toss him the ball. The teens are kind, but they expect little.
Then one ball after the other, he sinks them from various distances. The look of joy and amazement on the kids’ faces fills me with joy. Rion isn’t trying to prove himself. He is just enjoying the experience of playing with his peers. After that, he is welcomed and he continues playing with the teens because he now belongs.
Rion belongs because he has won their respect rather than their pity.